John Gillis, who teaches history at Rutgers and is the author of "A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual and the Quest for Family Values," tells Jim Fleming that the nuclear family and its rituals -- Christmas, the family dinner, actually got started among the Victorian middle- class and are not ancient, traditional ideas.SEGMENT 2:
Two sociologits battle about fathers! First, David Popenoe of Rutgers tells Steve Paulson that Dads are crucial to growing children and that Americans divorce too lightly. Popenoe is the author of "Life without Father." Then, Judith Stacey tells Judith Strasser that what kids need is good parenting, regardless of the sex of the parent. She says a family's economic prospects are much more important than the make-up of the household. Stacey's most recent book is "In the Name of the Family: Rethinking Family Values in the Postmodern Age."SEGMENT 3:
Writer and humorist Calvin Trillin reads an excerpt from his memoir "Messages from My Father" and tells Jim Fleming that what he remembers most about his father is his humor, his morality and his stubborness. Also, men's movement guru (and respected poet and translator) Robert Bly talks with Steve Paulson about the abdication of adulthood he describes in his book "The Sibling Society."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 10-13-A.
Rogers Hollingsworth tells Steve Paulson that lone inspiration and the lure of prize money don't inspire scientific creativity as well as does lively interaction with scientific peers. Rogers Hollingsworth is a sociologist and historian at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Also, John Horgan tells Judith Strasser that all the important discoveries have been made. His book is "The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific Age."SEGMENT 2:
Patricia Wright, social worker turned wildlife biologist and anthropologist, tells Steve Paulson about her search for a type of lemur thought extinct on the island of Madagascar. In the end she found two lemur species and was awarded a MacArthur "genius" award.SEGMENT 3:
Gerald Geison is a historian at Princeton and the author of "The Private Science of Louis Pasteur." He tells Jim Fleming that Pasteur - celebrated for creating the first laboratory vaccine - lied about his most famous experiments.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 10-13-B.
Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of "The Deep End of the Ocean," is this year's publishing phenom. She tells Jim Fleming how her seventy-five page outline made its way to the top of the NY Times bestseller list and that she risked becoming a fiction writer after her husband's death to prove to her kids that even a devastating blow doesn't have to kill your dreams.SEGMENT 2:
Publisher Andre Schiffrin, who left Pantheon when it became part of a media conglomerate, talks with Judith Strasser about the changes that have taken place in the publishing business. Also, novelist Jonathan Franzen is disillusioned about the serious writer's role in our society, but, as he tells Judith Strasser, he intends to go on writing literary novels. His books include "The Twenty-Seventh City" and "Strong Motion;" Franzen's essay on writing, "Perchance to Dream," appeared in the April issue of Harper's.SEGMENT 3:
Book dealer and collector John Dunning talks with Steve Paulson about the sky-rocketing prices of first editions and tells him that collectors don't really think of first editions as books. John Dunning is also the author of two mysteries - "Booked to Die" and "The Bookman's Wake."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 10-13-C.